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New York City FCNYC
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2
ColumbusCLB
 0-1O. Kamara  11'
D. Villa  18' 1-1 
D. Villa  45' 2-1 
 2-2J. Williams  58'
CLBO. Kamara  11' 0-1
NYCD. Villa  18' 1-1
NYCD. Villa  45' 2-1
CLBJ. Williams  58' 2-2
HT: 2-1
Citi Field (Attendance: 20,113)
Referee: Ismail Elfath
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Villa, NYCFC secure No. 2 seed, tie Crew 2-2 at Citi Field

NEW YORK (AP) David Villa scored two goals and New York City FC tied the Columbus Crew 2-2 on Sunday in the first regular-season match at Citi Field to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The new venue was selected for regular-season finale because of a conflict with the New York Yankees playoff run.

Ola Kamara gave the Crew a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute but Villa tied it with a header off a corner kick by Maximiliano Moralez in the 18th and then blasted a right-footer from the top corner of the box that deflected off a diving Zack Steffen and gave NYCFC (16-9-9) a 2-1 lead just before halftime.

Josh Williams, who had a brief stint with New York City in 2015, headed home a corner kick by Federico Higuain in the 58th minute to cap the scoring. Williams, a defender, has scored all of his three goals this season in the last four games.

Villa finished the regular season with 22 goals - his second consecutive 20-goal season - and has 61 goals in three MLS seasons.

Columbus (16-12-6), which could have finished as high as No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, will be fifth seed and face No. 4 Atlanta in the Knockout Round.

New York City earned a bye into the conference semifinals, which begin Oct. 30.

Updated October 22, 2017

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